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Transition Culture has moved

After eight years of frenzied blogging at this site, Transition Culture has moved to its new home. Do come and join us, but feel free to also browse this now-archived site and use the shop. Thanks for all your support, comments and input so far, and see you soon.

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3 Jun 2013

Transition Culture is moving … do come with me!


You will hopefully have read my post recently about the big changes underway here, with Transition Culture, in a couple of weeks, moving home and taking up its new residence at  It’s all going fine, falling into place nicely.  Many of you who are regular readers will also be subscribers, so you get an email notification each time a new article is posted.  We are keen that as many subscribers as possible join us in our journey across the waves of cyberspace.  I recently emailed all of the Transition Culture subscribers and got a response from nearly a half of you – mostly to say yes – thank you. According to Ed our webmeister, this is a fantastic response rate, but I reckon we can go further.  If you are a subscriber, you should have an email in your inbox.  We need to hear from you by this Thursday (June 6th).  The email is a very simple survey that will, literally, take less than a minute to do, unlike all those other email surveys that claim they will only take a minute and end up taking up half your morning (i.e. this one only has 2 questions in it).  In its new home, Transition Culture will be maintaining its edge while bedding it into all the amazing voices and activities from around the movement, and I hope you come with me and help me make it work.  Thanks. 

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30 May 2013

The new economic frontier is a chance for community resilience


I spoke at the Hay Festival last week, a very well-attended and enjoyable session.  Every day during the Festival, the Daily Telegraph produces ‘The Hayley Telegraph’, a free magazine given away at the Festival, which includes articles by, or about, some of that day’s speakers.  Here is the article I wrote for the edition published the day I spoke.

The new economic frontier is a chance for community resilience

There’s a TV advert I remember from the 1980s that has stuck with me. It features a recently unemployed man telling his wife that he and his friend are “going it alone”, that “the bank says yes”, and that they are going to set up their own business. I think the ad was for a car or something. It captured the spirit prevalent during that decade, where business was the new frontier, anything was possible, and there were no limits.

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Categories: Community Involvement, Economics, Energy, General, Local Currencies, Localisation, REconomy Project, Resilience, Social enterprise, Storytelling, Transition Initiatives

28 May 2013

Sir Quentin Blake and the power of illustration


I was at Hay Festival last week and had the pleasure of spending an hour listening to one of my great heroes, the illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.  His lecture was entitled In and out of the book – the uses of illustration (you can see the transcript of his talk here).  The first part of his talk looked at the role of illustration in bringing stories to life and in introducing children to the joys of reading.  It was the second half of the talk though which I found most fascinating.  He talked about the work he has been doing most recently in hospitals, and the power of illustration to help people in a variety of therapeutic situations and life transitions.  It really got me thinking about what role illustration could play in Transition in its widest sense.  

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20 May 2013

Transition Network conference news for 2013


Transition Network has put on a big conference every year from 2007 onwards – first in Ruskin Mill near Stroud, then the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, in 2009 it was Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in London, then Seale Hayne in Devon, next heading North to Hope Uni in Liverpool, and finally back to BAC in 2012. We are about to break that pattern, so brace yourselves for the news that 2013 will not see a big Transition Conference. There are a couple of reasons why we’re doing this.

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16 May 2013

Why I’m marking passing 400 ppm by getting back on an aeroplane

Wingsuit flying, Norway
In November 2006, I sat at the back of the Barn Cinema, Dartington, and watched ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘.  It had such an impact on me that by the time it ended, I had decided that I couldn’t just leave the cinema without marking the event by making some kind of change in my life.  I decided that evening not to fly again, and I haven’t flown since.  I have played an active part in supporting the growth of an international movement in 40 countries since then, participating in countless workshops,  and discussing Transition internationally through Skype and pre-recorded talks, most of which I begin with how much carbon I have saved by not travelling in person.  However, I recently watched the film ‘Chasing Ice’, and it had, if anything, a more visceral impact than ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.  My resolution at the end of watching it, re-enforced by the recent passing, for the first time, of 400 ppm of C02 in the atmosphere, was that it was time to get back on a plane, and I want to use this post to tell you why.

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